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Born Free USA’s “Pets Go Wild for Wildlife” Photo Contest

Born Free USA, a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, has announced its “Pets Go Wild for Wildlife” photo contest, seeking photos of furry family members acting “wild”: running like a cheetah, swimming like an orca, leaping like a gazelle, pouncing like a fox… or just going “wild” in general.


According to Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA and the Born Free Foundation, “We work to keep wildlife in the wild – but all of us at Born Free also love our dogs and cats and know that our supporters and the public do too. We thought this would be a fun, creative way to celebrate all animals and share their antics with terrific photos.  Also, by noticing and capturing the moments your dog or cat acts ‘wild,’ we hope you will consider the connection between domestic animals and wild animals. Your cat and the big cats in the jungle. Your dog and the majestic wolf.  They are not all that different, and they all deserve our compassion.”

Entrants can submit as many photos as they would like. The contest is open to dogs and cats only. The three photos with the most votes receive prizes. First place prize is the winner’s choice between an iPad or an Apple Watch. Prizes will also be awarded for the top voted dog, top voted cat, most “promotes” through the contest site, and Born Free USA staff favorite. An entrant can only win for one category.  The fee to enter is $10 per photo entry and $1 per vote to participate in the contest.  Each contribution helps Born Free USA raise needed funds to continue life-saving work for wildlife around the globe.   Contest DEADLINE is September 25, 2015 at 12 Noon ET.

Born Free USA is a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation. Through litigation, legislation, and public education, Born Free USA leads vital campaigns against animals in entertainment, exotic “pets,” trapping and fur, and the destructive international wildlife trade. Born Free USA brings to North America the message of “compassionate conservation”—the vision of the United Kingdom-based Born Free Foundation, established in 1984 by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, stars of the iconic film Born Free, along with their son, Will Travers. Born Free’s mission is to end suffering of wild animals in captivity, conserve threatened and endangered species, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. More at;; and

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#KeepItFresh with Febreze Air Purifier

Febreze_logo_TMThis post is sponsored by Febreze ™Air Purifiers and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping Febreze Air Purifiers but 4 The Love of Animals only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Febreze Air Purifiers is not responsible for the content of this article.

We have really put the Febreze Air Purifier to the test this past month. Thanks to the fires burning in all the states around us our air has been awful, both inside and out. Imagine always smelling a bit like campfire, or BBQ. Add other household smells to the mix and you have the perfect recipe for a stinky house. The smoke was a bigger concern though, since I have asthma I was worried about our indoor air. Luckily this product works at clearing the air, not just covering it up!


The HEPA-Type air purifier removes up to 99% of air pollutants in the room, so it isn’t just a household odor reducer, it is also a household dust reducer. This is especially helpful if you have pets that create a lot of dander.


Not only does it work great, but with the different settings you can get a fresh scent exactly the way you want it! We aren’t huge on strong scents, so we ended up keeping the scent level on the lowest setting. This way we got just enough of a scent to be able to smell a little, but not so much that it was all you could smell. It smelled fresh without smelling fake. You could run it without a smell cartridge too if you don’t want any kind of scent, but we found that having a little scent was quiet nice.


Actually, I’m hoping that they will make more scents available some day. I can imagine different scents for the seasons, and of course I would love a vanilla scent. Right now the scent that comes with it is linen & sky, which is nice and clean smelling. There is one other scent available called spring & renewal. Replacement cartridges are easy to install, as is the filter.

We put ours in the main room of our home, it’s the first room guests enter so we wanted it there to make a great impression. The first floor of our home is somewhat small, so we can actually get the benefit of the air purifier throughout the entire first floor. It’s so nice to walk into the house and have it smell fresh.


I also love that the unit reminds you when to replace the filter and scent. So helpful not to have to remember yourself or wonder if it’s the right time.

Buy your own here, they come in three different sizes for different rooms. I’m already thinking of adding another to our home. We have really loved the Febreze Air Purifier, and would recommend it to anyone who is worried about pet odors and other odors in their homes.

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Pet Obesity Infographic

Keeping our pets healthy is so important, which is why we need to keep an eye on their weight. Weighing too much, or too little, can have negative consequences. This infographic has some great information about pet obesity, and how to help your pet if they become overweight.


Thanks to the great organization called Greyhounds as Pets, who adopts and fosters retired greyhounds into loving homes, for the awesome graphic.

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National Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day #Cat2VetDay

Saturday, August 22, is “National Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day” (#Cat2VetDay) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) is using this as an opportunity to educate cat owners on the importance of routine check-ups. Eighty-three percent of cats are taken to the vet in the first year of ownership, yet over half of them don’t return!


Help spread the word, and if you are a cat owner please remember to take your cat to the vet for routine check ups.

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